Carers Trust responds to Chancellor's Spring Budget
Responding to Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s Spring Budget, Carers Trust’s CEO Kirsty McHugh said:
"In what was billed as a ‘back to work’ Budget, the Government has once again ignored millions of unpaid carers across the UK, many of whom have been forced to cut back on hours or give up employment to care for loved ones. Even before the cost-of-living crisis, many unpaid carers, who have no choice but to keep life-saving equipment running and their homes properly heated, were being pushed into poverty. They remain reliant on a network of local carers services and so we welcome the sorely-needed £100m funding committed for local charities today.
"If the Government finally put forward a long-term strategy to tackle the social care crisis, they would find an army of unpaid carers ready to fill job vacancies across the country. Instead, the can has been continually kicked down the road, Carer’s Allowance remains the lowest benefit of its kind and millions of unpaid carers have been locked out of employment and denied support to live a fulfilling life outside of caring."
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About Carers Trust
Carers Trust is the UK charity working to transform the lives of unpaid carers across the UK. It partners with its network of local carer organisations to provide funding and support, deliver innovative and evidence-based programmes and raise awareness & influence policy. Carers Trust’s vision is that unpaid carers are heard and valued, with access to support, advice and resources to enable them to live fulfilled lives.